You may have seen in the news recently that dentists are reporting an increase in broken teeth, crowns and bruxism (teeth grinding) during COVID-19.  Unfortunately, this is true and can be attributed to many factors including stress.  I have personally seen this uptick in my patient population. 

Let’s examine what bruxism is, the symptoms and causes, as well as treatment options.

This past year undoubtedly has been stressful for many people.  Since stress is one of the main causes of bruxism, it is understandable to see an increase in cases.  Bruxism is the clinical term for teeth grinding, and though stress is a main cause, it can also be a habitual routine that people do without knowing. 

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Burxism often occurs at night and can have a detrimental effect on the alignment of your teeth, and wear down the enamel on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

People with misaligned teeth will have a higher chance of bruxism.  It can be very common to want to move the teeth into a more ideal position with orthodontics to help minimize this issue.

Over time bruxism can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, tooth decay, or broken crowns / fillings.  Additionally, bruxism can cause other issues like headaches, jaw soreness, TMJ disorders and lockjaw.

If you think you are grinding your teeth, whether due to COVID-induced stress or for any other reason, it’s important to see a dentist right away, so they can evaluate your situation and provide solutions. 

At Artista Dental Studio, we will conduct a full comprehensive exam to determine the cause, the severity and create a treatment plan to address the problem.  If the main concern is bruxism at night, then the typical treatment is a custom night guard.  Each guard is made special for the patient and is made to last depending on the severity of the bruxism issue.  Many times, your dental insurance will cover these guards.

Call us at 973.942.9421 to set up your appointment for a checkup and bruxism evaluation.

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